Portsmouth is considered to be the only island city in the United Kingdom. It is situated on Portsea Island, 31 km south-east of Southampton and 110 km of south-west of London. The town has a total population of 205,400 according to the census of 2011. Portsmouth is considered as the thickly populated city in the England. It has become the only city whose density population is more than London city. Portsmouth is the unitary authority and historic county of the Hampshire. Portsmouth is a vital naval port for centuries has the dry dock that is considered to be oldest in the world. It was recognised as the most heavily fortified city by the early 19th century. It was considered as the world's most significant naval port.
The south-western part of the peninsula is occupied by Portsmouth’s Royal Dockyard and naval base. This city is the world's best-known ports. HMNB Portsmouth is the hometown of the Royal Navy. The city is also a hometown to HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and the Tudor carrack Mary Rose; these all are the famous ships. HMS Victory is the traditional naval ship.
The city has a public university naming the University of Portsmouth. In 2016, it has nearly around 20,000 students. In April 2015, University of Portsmouth was ranked among the top 100 modern universities. The city has Highbury College rendering vocational education and Portsmouth College offering academic courses to students.
There are various independent schools. Portsmouth Grammar School is the oldest school founded by the Mayor of Portsmouth in the year 1732. This school has been recognised as the best private schools in the country. In 2013, Portsmouth High School was ranked as one of the top schools for girls in the United Kingdom. Mayville High School established in 1897, and St John’s College is the independent schools in the Portsmouth town.
Portsmouth city is famous for its various tourist’s attractions. Some of them are:
The Portsmouth city has a moderate oceanic climate. It receives more sunshine than most of the UK and gets around 645 mm of rain a year. The average maximum temperature in January is 50°F with the average minimum being 41°F whereas in July the average maximum temperature is 72°F and minimum being 59°F. In winter, Portsdown Hill guards the city of Portsmouth against cold northerly winds.